Don, 05/03/2015 (Hele dag) - Don, 12/03/2015 (Hele dag)

Een veelbelovende 7e editie van het Doculatino filmfestival zal plaatsvinden in Leuven, Mechelen en Antwerpen. Met diepgaande documentaires over de grondstoffenproblematiek nemen we u dit jaar niet enkel mee naar Latijns Amerika, maar ook worden de grote mijnreuzen van Europa uit de doeken gedaan. Vanuit verschillende perspectieven, met de focus op de socio-ecologische gevolgen en ingeleid door getuigenissen en achtergrondinformatie worden verschillende conflictsituaties belicht. Een sterke aanrader!


CAUTION: The dates on the poster are not correct in the case of Mechelen.

Doculatino Mechelen will be held on 5, 10 and 12 March


A promising 7th edition of the Doculatino filmfestival takes place in Leuven, Mechelen and Antwerpen. With profound documentaries about issues of natural resource exploitation we won’t take you only to Latin America, but also the question about big mine giants in Europe will be raised. Out of different perspectives, with the focus on socio-ecological consequences and introduced by testimonies and background information different conflicts will be highlighted. Enough food for thought!

Inkom: Vrije bijdrage/ oude gsm

Entrance: Free Contribution/ old cell phone


Address: De Thomas More Hogeschool, campus De Ham te Raghenoplein 21bis, 2800 Mechelen

05/03/2015 Del Vent al Blau (Peru, Ecuador) - 1h03

10/03/2015 All that Glitter isn’t Gold - 55 minutes

12/03/2015 Forest of Gold/ Unearthening Disaster (Greece) - 22 minutes/ 37 minutes

Del Vent al Blau (South America)          

A filmed diary of a traveler-filmmaker who tramps on his own through Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, sculpturing images of his own spirituality, loneliness and his personal sensation of freedom. In an essay-like composition "into the blue" rotates on two axes - Mankind and Nature and the relationship between them. The film is intended as a critical reflection about two aspects: the growing alienation, more and more criticized, between Mankind and Nature and the negative consequences which derive from the current model of development, which is highly unsustainable and lacks solidarity as it is based on the overexploitation of the planet´s natural resources; it lacks solidarity because it provokes and stresses the inequalities among the human population and reduces biodiversity, causing damage to all other species.
Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia are poor countries because they are rich in natural resources. During centuries the first world was fed (and continues to be fed) on the natural resources of the above countries without granting real benefits to their -mainly indigenous - population, rather on the contrary.
"into the blue" is an intimate and reflective film; a poem to nature and life devoid of artificiality, and at the same time a portrait of the excluded and abandoned part of humanity living at the margins.

All That Glitters Isn't Gold (Honduras)

The documentary tells the stories of community members residing near Goldcorp's San Martin open-pit gold mine in Honduras' Siria Valley. The first mine to be developed under Honduras' controversial new mining law that was passed in the wake of Hurricane Mitch in 1998, the San Martin mine opened in 2000 and is the largest open-pit heap-leach mine in Honduras. As the mine nears its closure, community members discuss the grave complications they have experienced since the mine began operating -- from rampant health problems to a lack of water -- contesting the company's claims that the mine has been a model of healthy development for the community and has caused no adverse effects.

Forest of Gold (Greece)

Giorgis Kalivas hasn’t grow a family but he has growed trees. He is a farmer living alone inside the primitive forest of Skouries in north Greece, cultivating his land. His l grandfather land that he lives, and the forest at Skouries in general are threaten because of its richness in minerals, of gold and silver. The intention of a multinational company to build a mine inside the heart of the forest at Skouries region a few metres away from the land of Giorgis, has created an unequal battle and has multiplied the loneliness and the despair of Giorgis. An excerpt from the documentary "Forest of Gold" follows below.

Unearthing disaster (Greece)

The documentary brings us to Chalkidiki in Northern Greece, the site of an on-going grassroots struggle against large-scale open pit gold mining projects which are emblematic of the exploitative power relations existing within the European Union and a powerful example of contemporary “disaster capitalism”.One consequence of the economic austerity measures imposed on the Greek state by the so-called "Troika" (the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank) has been the implementation of a "fast track" investment program enabling the accelerated and barrier-free licensing of large scale private investment projects. Eldorado Gold, a Canadian “low cost” mining company based in Vancouver, became the showcase of these "fast track" investments, receiving state approval in July 2011 for the construction of an open pit gold mine to extract the very last grams of gold from the ground under the Skouries forest of Halkidiki. But Halkidiki is a biologically diverse peninsula in Northern Greece consisting of mountainous old growth forests and pristine coastal environments. The economy of the region relies heavily on bee keeping, fishery, forestry, farming and tourism, activities which are dependent on the well-being of the ecosystem.